Feinstein: Jihadists Will Stop Hating the West Only When They Achieve Shariah Law

Yesterday was a red letter day--or perhaps it should be called an Islamic green letter one--for U.S. intelligence. For the first time I can recall, the top legislator on a congressional oversight committee actually made clear what motivates our enemies in what used to be called euphemistically the “War on Terror,” and what Team Obama now dubs even more opaquely as the effort to “counter violent extremism.”

This breakthrough came in the course of a joint appearance on CNN’s State of the Union by the chairpersons of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), respectively. The media seized on the ostensibly big news from their remarks: bipartisan agreement that the United States is at greater risk of terrorist attack today than two years ago.  

But important, ominous, and accurate as that assessment is, it was not the most important point made by these two respected lawmakers. Instead, it was Sen. Feinstein’s observation in response to a question about what causes the “hatred” that makes our situation more perilous:

There is a real displaced aggression in this very fundamentalist jihadist Islamic community, and that is that the West is responsible for everything that goes wrong and that the only thing that's going to solve this is Islamic shariah law.

What makes this incontrovertible statement so noteworthy? It is the fact that the intelligence community is not allowed to say it. Under Obama administration guidelines, for intelligence officers–and for that matter, law enforcement, Homeland Security and military personnel–to talk about Islamic jihadism and shariah as the motivation for terrorism can be a career-ending offense.  

For example, on May 10, 2012, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, used a press conference to denounce a highly decorated and up-and-coming Army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, for teaching an elective course at the Joint Forces Staff College using approved curriculum. According to Gen. Dempsey, what prompted this extraordinary action was that a student--who it turns out, had not actually been enrolled in Col. Dooley’s class--“was concerned that the course was objectionable and that it was counter to our values …our appreciation for religious freedom and cultural awareness. And the young man who brought it to my attention was absolutely right. It’s totally objectionable.”

At the core of what was so “totally objectionable” is the fact that students were exposed to information that made plain the gravity of the threat of which Sen. Feinstein warned: the supremacist, totalitarian Islamic doctrine of shariah and the jihad or holy war it obliges adherents to perform. Col. Dooley’s promising career was cut short and the files of his institution and that of the rest of the national security community have been purged of all such information deemed by unidentified "experts" engaged for the purpose to be “counter to our values.”

Sen. Feinstein’s forthright declaration is particularly gratifying as I had an opportunity to discuss the danger posed by shariah with her in the course of testimony I provided the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 24, 2013 at the invitation of her colleague, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). In the course of making the case for keeping the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open, I observed:

We have been obliged to go to war because it was thrust upon us. And, if we are to prevail in this conflict, we must understand the nature of the enemies with whom we are at war. They are shariah-adherent jihadists who believe, in accordance with that doctrine, that it is God’s will that they destroy our way of life and subjugate us to theirs.

At the time, Sen. Feinstein strongly disagreed with my view that shariah’s dictates make it impossible to safely release its adherents from Gitmo or, alternatively, to incarcerate them in this country instead--where they might exploit rights foolishly conferred upon them to secure their freedom and wage jihad here. I hope that the clarity she expressed Sunday about the inexorable nature of the shariah doctrine and the supremacist hatred it impels will cause the senior senator from California to insist that such insights are once again inculcated in those responsible for our security and to reconsider her support for closing Guantanamo Bay.

Frank J. Gaffney, Jr. formerly acted as an Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan. He is President of the Center for Security Policy (, a columnist for and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio.

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  • Let me just say that Frank Gafney is way ahead on this subject . He has been warning us for years about this ... I remember reading something back in 2010 or 2011 about Sharia and the national security threat ... from the Center on Security Policy...

    All this is coming to fruition and nothing seems to be happening on the front lines of the very departments that are being affected...Can anyone please give me some rationale as to the how and why's about this !!!!!

  • First, even if Muslims do achieve sharia globally, as is their goal, they will fight between themselves. Sunni versus Shiite , you name it.  But never mind. They are at war, they say that, so we have a lot of politically stupid politicians which do not see it. And they (GOP or DEMOS, no difference) are giving all power to Obama, who does what supreme Muslim leader ask for (or who ever is pulling the strings). Anybody knows where he did get that pile of money for his campaign? Even for the first one?  People do forget. What is funny, that banana republic of Angola has smarter politicians than what is sitting in Congress today, speeking generally. And certainly they are not cowards as US military (excluding rank and file, it applies to general staff under the roof of Pentagon.) Angolans did what I was saying over ten years ago and the only way (short of mass killing in the future wars) to get rid of Muslims . To proclaim Islam as the cult (which in reality is) and close the mosques. Government of Angola ordered mosques  to be demolished. I would prefer the big ones to change to public libraries, museums, etc. and the small ones to convert  maybe to public washrooms, there is never enough of them anyway,


  • IMO if the whole world were suddenly transformed into being slaves to Allah --the bloody baggers would continue to slay each other until the whole world were either Sunni, or Shia-- but no opposing sects allowed.They are as they were blessed by the Angel of the Lord (Jehovah-- See Genesis chapter 16:11-16) they are wild ass,whose hand is against every man and for that reason every mans hand is against them.To claim their animus will change if America is subject to Shariah is  a LIE from the mouth of the wild ass. Those who believe it are as wholly seduced as Eve was by the serpent in the Garden.

  • What we need is another Crusade.

  • Lord help us JESUS! Come quickly LORD JESUS!

    It's getting worse by the day by the minute. We've got to wake up before they've

    taken us over!

  • Minnesota has a radical muslim who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The voters knew who he was before the election and voted for him anyway....................simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

  • They are on their way to victory.

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